Saying that Siargao is picturesque in almost every corner is not an overstatement. The island—known as the surfing capital of the Philippines—has more to offer than just board sporting opportunities. It is awash with natural wonders that will leave you in awe if not excited to see more.
Here, we round up 10 of the most stunning spots in Siargao islands in the Philippines that you wouldn’t want to miss on your visit:
A tiny pocket of paradise lying on the Pacific Ocean, Guyam Island paints the perfect image of an island, with its powdery white sand, fascinating rock formations, and a dense cluster of coconut trees from which visitors can enjoy a refreshing sip of coconut juice.
A stop at this islet is often part of Siargao island-hopping tours. Sink your feet in the sand, have a sip of refreshing coconut juice, and click some Insta-perfect pictures—there are hammocks and swings on the island that make for great photo-ops!
Another must-visit island-hopping destination in Siargao, Naked Island is a 200-meter long bare beauty that flaunts white sand, some stray seashells, glittering waters, and nothing more. Its charm comes mainly from its starkness, and since there’s nothing on the island to offer visitors some shade, it’s an ideal spot to get that nice suntan.
Among the trio of popular islands in Siargao that includes the first two on this list, Daku Island is the biggest—and not only in size but also in experiences!
Its coconut tree-fringed white sand beach is considerably wide, allowing visitors to play beach volleyball, frisbee, and other beachside games. Huts and cottages are also made available for groups—just perfect for a little get-together with family and friends.
Also known as Casolian Island, Corregidor Island sets itself apart from other islands in Siargao with its rolling hills that are perfect for hiking. Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll be rewarded with a marvelous view of the sky, ocean, and nearby islets. Feeling extra adventurous? Try snorkeling upon your descent and discover the rich marine life in the area.
The surfing Mecca of Siargao, Cloud 9 rose to fame for its barreling right-hand reef breaks that will put any surfer on high, hence the place’s name. Located in the town of General Luna, it draws surfing enthusiasts from near and far all throughout the year, but most especially between the months of August and November, when the southwest monsoon generates offshore winds that create the perfect swells. It’s also the host of the annual Siargao Surfing Cup and Siargao International Surfing Competition.
If you’re not a fan of surfing, Cloud 9 is still a must-visit for its quaint wooden boardwalk and viewing deck, where you can catch Siargao’s beautiful sunset.
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Sohoton Cove National Park
Reminiscent of the alluring lagoons in El Nido and Coron, Palawan, Sohoton Cove National Park is surrounded by dazzling blue waters and towering jungle-laden limestone formations. It is located in Bucas Grande Island (about a one-hour boat trip from Siargao’s Dapa Port), tucked away from all the action in Siargao’s main island, making it one of the most peaceful retreats you can visit.
Sohoton Cove is also famous for its cliff jumping spots, labyrinth-like pools, and caves (the luminescent Hagukan Cave is a total stunner!) that are sure to be some of the highlights of your Siargao trip.
On your Sohoton Cove side-trip, make sure to visit the Jellyfish Sanctuary in Tujuman Lagoon, which is home to thousands of stingless jellyfish. If you didn’t book a package tour, you may rent a small kayak-like boat and guide, so you can cruise through the lagoon and admire the rare sight.
Magpupungko Rock Pools
A mystical sand beach is best known for its fascinating rock formations and tidal pools, swimming in Magpupungko Rock Pools is possible to experience only during low tide, so timing your visit well is extremely crucial. All your planning will be rewarded with vistas of glittering natural pools, cliff jumping spots, and an awe-inspiring sunrise—that is if you happen to visit the area really early.
This postcard-perfect 4,000-hectare turquoise lagoon is in the heart of a mangrove forest. Calm and unspoiled, it is an ideal spot for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, although what you don’t want to miss here is the chance to dive from the wooden diving board derived from coco lumber and into the lagoon’s refreshing waters for a cool swim.
A trip to Siargao wouldn’t be complete without that million-dollar photo taken in Maasin River’s iconic rope string fixed around a bent coconut tree trunk. Start your search for this sweet photo spot at the red Maasin Bridge, then walk down the dirt path on the right side of the bridge. You will reach the tree swing in no time. If your schedule permits, you may also rent a small boat or bamboo raft so you can paddle down the scenic river.
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